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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I am amazed how folks are viewing the solution to one of society's major problems as a gun-control issue. Ban assault rifles and our criminal violence problems will go away; no more killings. Right? Even churches are jumping on the bandwagon.
Hello, we have already tried that, and it did not reduce the murder rate. At the time, I was in favor of the ban, but in spite of my good faith, it did not matter one bit. We are becoming a nation with declining moral values, and maybe it is time to find the root cause of why people murder each other and what can be done to correct it. The solution is not guns; they are just the instruments. There are hundreds of ways to commit murder.
Churches, families, schools and we the people all have a role in trying to improve our society. I am not a sociologist, but an old soldier who sees the world as it is, and here are my views.
Churches should focus on the Scriptures and leave legislative matters such as gun control to the experts and lawmakers. Our nation is in moral decline and desperately needs help from the clergy, Christians and all God-loving people.
We need more voices that value human life to speak out against abortion, euthanasia, violence, rage, hate and breaking the rules and laws. The clergy should encourage traditional family values, and provide more guidance and assistance to save marriages for the sake of the children. The Scriptures should set the moral tone in people's daily lives, and somehow, that point is being lost. Most young people have little knowledge of the commandments and even less as to how they relate to their world.
American families are in crisis. There are too many broken homes, placing children at risk. They need a father and a mother. Young boys who are naturally more aggressive especially need a man's guiding hand. People should try their best to make their marriage a success. We should encourage children to worship. Parents should do a better job teaching them discipline, respect and manners and ensure they behave in school. Families should learn to live together in love, respect and honor.
Good parenting involves providing wholesome entertainment for the family; stop purchasing violent videos and limit time on the electronic gadgets. Children should be taught about guns and safety. Parents who are not gun savvy can ask a qualified relative or the National Rifle Association for help.
If you have a troubled child who is prone to violence, seek help from teachers, clergy, social services, medical professionals, law enforcement, etc. Do not give up on him or her. Deny access to guns.
Schools are a key component in reducing violence, and they are not doing a good job of instilling discipline. People must be held accountable for this failure, from student to school board. There is an Army axiom that people in authority should try to earn respect, but in the interim, if it is not given, demand it. Boards, superintendents and principals should delegate responsibility and authority to the teachers, but once it is given, hold them accountable for improvements.
Identify students who are prone to violence. Provide discipline, counseling and involve law enforcement. Do not ignore the problem.
We the people/government should:
Gun violence or violence in general is a very complex issue that must be dealt with in a very logical manner. It will not be solved with a quick fix. We must find the root causes and solutions. I have offered mine.
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